Monday, October 15, 2018 / by Amy McLeod
Right after we got married, my husband and I bought a starter house. At the time, we didn’t have much in savings (or in income), so it wasn’t our dream house. But it was our house, and that was enough. Coming from the tiny apartment where we started out, this three-bedroom, one-bath Cape Cod on a quiet street seemed like a dream. Our plan was to stay five years, tops, then sell it and move on to something bigger and better.
That was 12 years ago … and we’re still here.
At first, our long stay in our starter home happened purely by accident. We had two kids in quick succession, and I'd made a career move into an unsteady field. We were just too busy (and to be honest, too scared) to make the leap.
A few years ago, however, we decided we were ready to enter the real estate market once again. Financially, we were comfortable, and we were rapidly outgrowing the house that had once fit us perfectly. Time to move on!
But that's when it ...
Friday, October 12, 2018 / by Amy McLeod
Enjoy free admission at The Hallie Ford Museum of Art in honor of Family Weekend at Willamette University. Activities for all ages, led by education curator Elizabeth Garrison, Sonia Allen, and other volunteers.
Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Hallie Ford Museum of Art
700 State St.
Salem, OR 97301
Courtesy of Amy McLeod, The McLeod Group Network
Photo Credit: travelsalem.com
Thursday, October 11, 2018 / by Amy McLeod
Salem-Keizer OR Real Estate For Sale
7418 Everwood St NE, Keizer, OR 97303
Contemporary and chic are the perfect words to describe this beautiful 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home on a quiet cul-de-sac! Outfitted with the finest finishes, 7418 Everwood Street features gleaming hardwood floors, a gourmet kitchen, elegant formal entry, luxurious master suite, recessed lighting, modern fixtures, neutral colors and an attached 2 car garage. The effortlessly flowing floor plan makes entertaining a delight starting in the open living room with a toasty gas fireplace, built-ins and large windows filling the space with natural light! A dazzling chandelier highlights the dining area that leads to the stylish and functional kitchen. Stainless steel appliances, glistening countertops, an abundance of gorgeous cabinetry and a breakfast bar will surely impress the chef! Soaring high vaulted ceilings set the scene for total relaxation in this spacious master suite. Plush carpeting, a fireplace ...
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 / by Amy McLeod
Finding your dream home is an exciting adventure that, at times, can also feel all-consuming. On a good day, it's fun to swipe through listings and whiz through every open house in your area, but after umpteen hours of it—and perhaps a lost bidding war or two—it can almost drive you mad.
If you sometimes feel like you're spinning your wheels and wandering aimlessly from property to property, we get it. House hunt burnout is real. Yet there are also plenty of smart ways to keep your stress levels and sanity on even keel.
Get pre-approved for a mortgage before you even start
Do not pass Go, do not even look at online listings until you have your mortgage pre-approval lined up.
“Not only will a pre-approval make it easier to eventually make an offer as a serious buyer, but it will also help you narrow down your property search criteria so you can focus better,” notes Jackie Hinton, a real estate broker for Center Coast Realty in ...
Monday, October 8, 2018 / by Amy McLeod
Salem-Keizer OR Real Estate For Sale
522 Chemawa Rd N, Keizer, OR 97303
Lovely mid-century charmer loaded with recent updates including fresh interior paint, bathroom flooring and new carpeting, plus 3 spacious bedrooms, wood floors, recessed lighting, neutral colors and an effortlessly flowing floor plan. A toasty wood stove in the living room creates a soothing atmosphere for comfortable everyday living. A sliding door to the large, privacy fenced yard with a patio and deck is perfect for endless outdoor enjoyment. A sun filled eat in kitchen delivers plentiful cabinet and counter space making meal prep a breeze. Large windows illuminate the family room with natural light and provide so much extra living space. Abundant closet space, two ceiling fans and outdoor access make this master bedroom a sweat retreat after a long day. The two secondary bedrooms are ample in size with a full bath to share. An attached 1 car garage for vehicle and tool storage. The finest in one ...